Now that we got a whole weekend to play around with Dragons and got to do a Dragon Raid as well, here is the second part of the guide with more updated information. If you are confused about the basics please refer to the guide part 1 http://forum.lilithgame.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=15908.
Lets start off with the most burning question:
Do purple abilities require the Dragon to be deployed along with army?
NO they do not. Purple abilities are GLOBAL PASSIVE so as soon as you activate your dragon, the buff applies. We tested this multiple times and you can do so yourself too - take a screen shot of Swordman HP before and after activating any Dragon with the Fortitude aura (0.15% HP boost to melee units). This clearly shows that Dragons with more purple abilities are incredibly strong (highest we spotted was 3) because they will provide significant boosts to your army without eating up any space within army formation.
How do I enter a Dragon Raid?
As you progress in the Abyss you will collect pieces of Dragon Maps. Once you complete 10 pieces of a specific colored map you can initiate a Dragon Raid.
Dragons in the raid range from 1 star to 10 star, the 10 star ones have the highest HP and yield best rewards. When someone activates a raid, this can be shared on house / group chats so everyone gets to attack the Dragon.
When you click on the raid link you will be taken to the raid screen and you will notice 5 dragon horns (forgot what these are called, they look like horns). You need a dragon horn to attack and each horn replenishes in 5 hours (assuming up to a maximum of 5 horns). So effectively you can do 5 attacks every day more or less.
At the end of 5 attacks I found myself with 10K of each rare resource, 200+ Dragonglass, a huge amount of Soulfire (don’t recall exact amount) and various random blue/purple items. More than anything else, this is a huge source of progress for your Dragon.
A general tip for raids would be to create a custom group between multiple houses to share Dragon Raids on, there will be plenty for everyone and you will always have a raid available for your daily.
What formation should I use for Dragon Raid?
The raids have a big Dragon surrounded by some other smaller units and it occurs in phases. At the end of each phase the Dragon will fly up in the air (and become non-targetable) while you need to clear the ground troops which will respawn. Your objective is to maximize the amount of damage to the Dragon while its on the ground until the timer runs out. You are awarded chests based on how much damage you deal.
This mode is all about sustained damage and bonus damage to Giant units. We found good results with Monks and Archers yielding somewhere around 38 Mil to 46 Mil damage per attack (10-12 chests). One Rakan player with fairly high runes used Monks and Crossbows to deal 56 Mil damage.
Few other learnings we had - loaned Dragon Turtle did NOT work well for this mode, since it's not about burst damage but sustained damage. Snipers and Blasters performed poorly because they ran out of ammo in the first few phases. Gold Mech do really well due to bonus damage to Giant units. (I'm sure there will be more optimized formations dealing 70 mil+ damage soon, these are just early findings).
Best heroes for this format are strong aura heroes and consistent damage dealers. I went with Avalon, Yip, Jaq, Rufio, Mako, Virion and Elena (magic resist to reduce damage from Dragon). Do not make the mistake of using Jaq Spray early on because once the Dragon flies up in the air you will waste your ammo on the ground troops. Using 2 front line troops is more than enough (preferably 2 Monks), try to fill the rest of the space with Archers.
Which is the best Dragon?
Revisiting this question with the updated info we have.
Needless to say, the Dragons with the best yellow and purple abilities are very popular right now since they add to our strength without compromising existing setups and I still believe we are a long way off from actually using Dragons in place of fully upgraded gold troops.
The most popular Dragons are those with both Logistic Acumen and Treasure Hunting abilities. With both these abilities at level 24 you get +15% research speed boost which is way more impactful than anything else Dragons can do at this stage. One raid should give you enough resources to get your Dragon up to that level. This combination of skills can exist on ANY colored Dragon.
The best compliment of purple skills with these depends on your race (humans benefit much earlier from Dragons). Fortitude (+HP), Alacrity (+Attack Speed) and Ferocity(+Damage) auras seem to be the strongest ones. They benefit humanoids at early levels (Archers, Swords, Monks, Crossbows, Blasters) so usually will be quite good (since majority of player base are humans/dwarf).
You can find this combination of yellow and purple abilities on ANY colored Dragon so be on the lookout. Also, you don’t really need 72 level skill on these abilities most of the time (unless for Lich) so don’t dismiss low skill cap Dragons.
Orange abilities haven't been explored enough yet, so no comments on these.
I am stuck and unable to progress in Abyss!
As mentioned in the earlier guide, your Abyss is capped by Dragon level (you need level 15 Dragon to progress beyond 80 and level 20 to progress beyond 110). Be very careful in your use of Dragonglass since it's more beneficial to progress in Abyss as opposed to have high level skills ready on your Dragons right away (higher Abyss level yields better passive resource generation).
Dragonglass is extremely difficult to find (even the Shop sells only 2 crystals for 120 Linari which is ridiculous) so if you really need to, you can release some baby Dragons to get extra Dragonglass. Each rare baby Dragon gives 2 crystals when released (epic and legendary give more) which is not a lot… but at some point you will find Dragon eggs more frequently than Dragonglass. I know this contradicts my previous suggestion of not releasing any baby Dragons right now, so please be careful you don’t release any baby Dragons with useful abilities. You can hold at most 15 baby Dragons at a time so you should be able to maintain a few with good options while releasing others.
Some people got stuck around level 83-84 (with the level 13+ Gold Mech) and an easy way to beat them is using Elena's summon cavalry. Those are the best summons (swords and archers don’t even scratch mech) and can be further improved with morale boost (Virion's divine set). Remember that Mako is one the highest damage dealers and can be boosted with Avalon War Horn and Yip Tailwind.
Please check out the awesome Dragon skill sheet by dablu http://forum.lilithgame.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=15922&p=65948#p65948
That’s all for now, happy raiding!